Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank you for making 2010 a success

Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) would like to thank everyone who helped to make 2010 such a success. First and foremost, thank you to our loyal customers. Our success is due to customers like you, who faithfully support our gallery. Thanks goes to Dale Barrett whose inspiring designs have helped transform KRG's exhibition catalogues into lasting records.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Norval Morrisseau's 'Creation' Paintings

The overt subject matter of Norval Morrisseau's painting, The Sacred Bear Giving Children And Animals A Ride (1989) is the theme of creation. Species pairing brings forth new life. Just as the third whole circle comes from the two divided circles, the twin bears and the twin children reinforce the idea that from two comes three—a new life.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Norval Morrisseau and Victoriaville Mall

Norval Morrisseau (pictured far right) had a show in Thunder Bay on April 4 and 5, 2002 at the Victoriaville Mall. Helping with the exhibition were family members Christian Morriseau (son-pictured left), Eugene Morriseau (son), Christie Kakegamic (granddaughter), Tammy Morriseau (granddaughter), Kyle Morriseau (grandson), and Joshim Kakegamic (grandson). All of the paintings in this "series" have a thumbprint as well as a "Copper Thunderbird" signature. Lots of photos were taken showing Norval Morrisseau surrounded by family members and upwards of 60 paintings. A stack of works on paper were sent to KRG at the time; they were all promptly returned to Thunder Bay. KRG advised the Morrisseau family that the gallery could not market any of these paintings.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Morrisseau Inspects 'Fake' Morrisseaus

Norval Morrisseau is pictured together with Society members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) inspecting "fake" Morrisseaus in 2005. Over several years leading up to the creation of the NMHS, Norval Morrisseau became increasingly concerned over the dishonour to his reputation and the profiteering by those who participate in the distribution of purported Morrisseau works.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Morrisseau Asserted His 'Moral Rights' In Copyright Law

Years before he died, Norval Morrisseau asserted his moral rights (guaranteed under the Berne Convention) by disclaiming authorship of numerous purported Morrisseaus in notarized affidavits over a two-year period from 2003 to 2005. Filed in Superior Court in Ontario, these documents are part of the public record.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In memoriam - Norval Morrisseau

Died in Toronto on December 4th 2007 from complications of Parkinson's. Born Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry Norval Morrisseau, C.M., LL.D., D.Litt., R.C.A., R.S.C., on March 14, 1932, the artist was quickly propelled into the spotlight with the instantaneous success of Jack Pollock's first sold-out exhibition in 1962.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CBC Delved Into Morrisseau Forgery Issue

In a fascinating exposé, CBC's Mellissa Fung delves into the Morrisseau forgery issue back in 2005. Norval Morrisseau's lawyer, Aaron Milrad of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), discusses the fraud as well as the urgency for getting to the root of the matter. For the record, the allegations against KRG brought before The Competition Bureau were deemed to be 'without merit' and promptly dismissed. Watch the news video clip here.
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